Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kyle Larson anxiously awaits first Sprint Cup win

Credit: Beth Reinke/Skirts and Scuffs

Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson's racing career boasts numerous accolades and "firsts" in a variety of racing formats, including go-karting, Sprint Car, plus NASCAR K&N East, Camping World and Xfinity Series – with one notable exception – his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win.

Many drivers could say the same about the early part of their NASCAR careers. However, after coming off an amazing 2014 season where he earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, and scored eight top fives and 17 top 10s, the expectations were extraordinary. Remarkably, Larson finished the final 10 Chase races with three top fives and three top 10s.

Perhaps it was the impact of those last races that revved up not only the fans, but also Larson and his team, building hopes for a first win.

“It was nice how we ran in the Chase last year and it definitely gave our team a lot of confidence going into this season," Larson said. "That is why we have been a little bit disappointed in the way we have started off this year."

Larson knows the team has the capacity for winning Sprint Cup races, but realizes they need to achieve consistency throughout a race.

“Veterans understand what they need to do to the race car to make it good throughout the course of a run, as well as taking care of it during the race through a run. I am good here (at Richmond) on a short run and not so good on long runs. On 1.5 miles (tracks) I’m really good on long runs and not very good on short runs,” he said.

Although he is disappointed with the early season results, Larson is committed to working hard and running toward the front of the pack.  

“The more we run up front the more opportunities we have to get a win and those wins will start happening if we just continue to run up front. We have to get a little bit more speed in our car and do a better job throughout the race, as a team. We should hopefully get that first win soon.”
Credit: Debbie Ross/Skirts and Scuffs

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